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November 2, 2012

This film effectively explains the economic and practical aspects of the production of chocolate and exposes the industry’s continuing reliance on child labor. The hidden-camera work creates a sense of immediacy and allows viewers to feel as if they, too, are thrashing through the underbrush at a cocoa plantation.—Joan Pedzich, formerly with Harris Beach PLLC, Pittsford, NY (Source: Pedzich 2012 np Link)

Fairtrade is working as hard as possible to play an even more proactive role towards the elimination of the worst forms of child labour. No person or organisation is currently able to guarantee 100% that, in the context of endemic poverty and insecurity in many developing countries, child labour will never occur. Fairtrade guarantees that through our standards, our certification, our producer support and our work to strengthen farmers’ organisations to implement community-owned programmes, we will do everything we can to tackle it on a progressive basis, and to secure both the livelihoods of farmers and the wellbeing of children. Cadbury’s response in relation to this issue of child labour: Cadbury takes the issue of child labour very seriously, and is wholly committed to eliminating it. Through our investment in the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership and our partnership with Fairtrade, our aim is to enable farmers to live and work in thriving cocoa communities for the long term. This means supporting farmers to increase their incomes from cocoa and other crops, to improve life in cocoa villages and to tackle issues including child labour. We are investing £45 million over 10 years into cocoa sustainability and one of the key themes for our investment is to eliminate child labour. We are also strong supporters and funders of the International Cocoa Initiative, who have been leaders in developing best practice to tackle the root causes of child labour in West Africa. (Source: Kavokiva 2010 np Link)

I sat there next to my 14-year-old cousin who was among the first to raise his hand when asked if anyone was angry after seeing the documentary. Films like these are truly to be accredited for the daring and oftentimes dangerous lengths they go to to explain to us visually the harsh realities of our world today. Hagemann’s feelings of helplessness can be shared by many when facing such a vast and worldwide problem. There are, however, small steps in which we as consumers (and downright concerned human beings) can take that positively impact the chocolate industry. Steps like purchasing Fair Trade Certified chocolate or urging major chocolate companies to do so can help in ensuring that cocoa farmers are receiving a fair price for their harvest and that slavery is not being used in the process. (Source: León 2010 np Link)

While the topic is very sad and disturbing, the documentary itself is lacking. The film plays mostly as a series of clips from investigative journalist fieldwork and lacks a strong supporting body of research. – Josh Heier – April 2, 2012 (Source: Heier 2012 np Link)

This documentary has an important theme. People often talk about the diamond industry, the oil industry etc.. but often people don’t talk about the cocoa industry because no one wants to pay a dollar extra in the Global North for their chocolate fix. Chocolate is not produced in the west, however, candy bars, hot chocolate etc.. is sold for about $1 (or less), and a child is forcibly trafficked in order to produce that bar for several years. It’s sad how the government is a part of the problem. Overall though, refreshing documentary. – Sitinga Kachipande – December 31, 2011(Source: Kachipande 2011 np Link)

Nestle called the police at the end for stop the film, that’s bullshit..
hate this company, never gonna have their products
the people who did_ this documentary,… Congratulations… You did a Great Things.. xxx (Source: Jomon KJ 2012 np Link)


So you’re saying we should support child slavery or billions of people will lose their livelihoods.
So you’re trying to_ justify child slavery. (SheepIn6Flavours Source: 2012 np Link)

oh ya so I stop buying and everybody boycotts chocolate. a billion farmers lose their jobs, a billion companies crash. Ivory Coast loses 90% of its economy. Boycotting isn’t the damn answer, you stupid shallow liberal_ cunt (Source: Badfoody 2012 np Link)

I think it’s a lot better than getting in a huff because others won’t fall in line, conform and tolerate child slavery being a part of their daily lives the way you_ expect others to. Honestly, what the hell is the problem with someone making the choice to not buy these products? Don’t you think people have the right to choose what they want to buy without having their reasons conform with your preferences? (Source: SheepIn6Flavours 2012 np Link)

No, they can’t be blissfully unaware of what’s happening, because you *can* track where your product comes from right down to the farmer. Because megacorps *can* learn which farms the middleman gets his stuff from, and send in people to go inspect those farms. Because megacorps *can* use their money to arm-twist and bully smaller farmers and producers in all fields to do what they want. Which is_ what megacorps do most of the time. Except now, when it makes you look bad. (Source: SheepIn6Flavours 2012 np Link)

Logisitics: You contact an Exporter, who can do all the other stuff you don’t have to worry about, next you buy from the Exporter. DONE. Yes Nestle can be blissfully unaware of what’s happening, Why? Cause they have completely nothing to do with it BECAUSE OF THE DAMN EXPORTERS. What? you think they have receipts for buying enslaved kids? Do you think they have notices that say :hey WE HAVE SLAVE KIDS_ WORKING ON OUR FARMS. Screw you, people like you don’t know how to fix problems (Source: Badfoody 2012 np Link)

Semantics. Are you going to try to convince me that an international corporation can’t track down to the farm where the cocoa beans they buy come from? That Nestle can control 12 percent of the world’s economy yet be blissfully and conveniently unaware that their product is made from child labor even though McDonald’s is able to commandeer and control most of the large apple farms in the U.S. for their stupid pies? Do you not know how_ businesses run? (Source: SheepIn6Flavours 2012 np Link)

We’ve skirted our Child Labor Laws buy having made outside the USA. Why do people turn child slave labor into American politics? The sugar industry had the same allegations and Americans boycotted, complained, etc to try to stop it. Back to article, how do you find and buy chocolate that is produced fairly? If the majority of you spent time emailing Hersheys and other manufacturers it would do some good. Obama, Palin and the rest have NOTHING to do with this. We do as consumers. April 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm | (Source: Kathy 2011 np Link)

Wow, what a maroon! You are so totally off the mark of this article.
I love chocolate, I would prefer that people get paid what they are worth and that children not be forced to work long, hard hours to help their families survive. Reality bites.
I will be more conscious of fair trade chocolate! April 7, 2011 at 11:17 am (Source: Stephanie 2011 np Link)

NYC Conservative
If we were to stop eating and buying products that are produced in foreign countries using slave/child labor we would be left in the dark ages. So many countries use this labor and it should be our problem. How about people stop procreating in these countries and then there will be no child labor. So, no more chocolate in the world, no more coffee and tea, no more clothing.
Fair trade companies? I think if you ask the child doing the labor and feeding housing themselves with the pay, as small as it is, would disagree and beg us to keep buying. We, as Americans do not even take care of our own citizens but yet we are to reach out and help others? All the money donated to Japan could have helped when the debris washed up on US soil or when the nuclear fallout destroys all the fish and food for the US. But, no the bleeding hearts only think with emotions and not commonsense for the long haul. Child labor? I say give me my friggin chocolate April 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm |(Source: NYC Conservative 2011 np Link)

Solo • 10 months ago
Thanks everyone, who made/make any effort to change this horrible situation! I will share this movie with all my friends! I will also write a letter to Nestle & etc companies with a message, that I stop buying their products! I will purchase Fair-trade chocolate from now! People from all over the world, let unite! When there is unity, there is power! (Source: Solo 2011 np Link)

Th111 • 2 years ago
I wrote to Nestle, Mars & KRAFT to let them know I will not purchase any products until accountability is exercised and social wrongs are corrected. I advised friends and family to do the same. Billions of dollars and “no” power, welcome to the dark side. 10/10 (Source: Th111 2010 np Link)

Gary V • a year ago
A fascinating but disturbing doc. How can things like this still go on? No responsible company can say that it is not accountable for every stage of the manufacturing of their products. Yet again we see that money is more important than Human lives, but how many of us who have seen this doc will say how disgusting it is but still go on buying chocolate & perpetuate these crimes against Humanity. It will probably only be a week or two before most of us forget what is happening in these countries & continue to support this evil trade in child slaves. (Source: Gary V 2011 np Link)

Lucas Dawkins
Another example of slaves in poor countries, making the first-world corporations rich, and powerful to the point of them being untouchable. I’m ashamed of the human race. (Source: Lucas Dawkins 2012 np Link)

A sad and very sobering documentary. Yet another example that slavery is still around us in the 21 century. (Source: Reflectivemood 2012 np Link)

Samuel Ford
Just another example of capitalism in action. International companies profiting off the poor economic state of another third world nation where the government does not protect the rights of the lower classes due to the fear of losing big business which probably accounts for the majority of their exports. Their predicament is partially due to a history of imperialistic/capitalistic ideology’s that have occurred in the region. Placing the blame on their culture would not be completely accurate. When there is widespread poverty comes down to the survival of the fittest. All that aside, the key point to this film was corporate responsibility which is really just a form of consumer responsibility. Business will continue as usual as long as it is more profitable to do so. (Source: Samuel Ford 2011 np Link)

Capitalism is driven by the need for maximum profit. Nestle can choose to not do business in those countries or insist that they treat their workers with dignity. They don’t because the profits they need are maximized by treating workers in an unscrupulous manner. (Source: Jack1952 2011 np Link)

Chocolate is the product centered out in the documentary. Unfortunately, almost every product one can name has a dark history behind it. It would almost be impossible to buy only products where workers have not been severely exploited. It is the reality of a global economy that has its roots in capitalism (Source: Jack1952 2011 np Link)

“In the modern world journalism is very important because it has a big impact on how people react,” Mistrati said. “For me, an NGO report is good but at the end of the day it’s important to show people how things are for real. So this was my issue, trying to find out if there was really child trafficking going on in West Africa.” (Source: Moussly 2012 np Link)


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